Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum encompasses everything the pupils at Swanmore undertake and experience.

We aim to provide and further develop a curriculum which enables all our youngsters to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve;
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
  • Responsible citizens who are able to make a positive contribution to society.

We recognise that a well educated person is one that:

  • is an independent learning and decision maker;
  • is adaptable;
  • is literate and a good communicator;
  • uses numbers and ICT effectively;
  • is adventurous and willing to try new things;
  • co-operates as part of a team;
  • has good relationships with adults and peers;
  • is morally and spiritually aware;
  • has a sense of responsibility and self discipline;
  • is tolerant and challenges stereotypes;
  • is prepared for the challenges of society;
  • has a sense of well being and can lead a safe and fulfilling life.

Our curriculum is designed to continue the journey of learning which leads to the development of a well educated person.

At KS3/KS4 we continue to develop and progress the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and build upon progress already made at KS2.

Key Stage 3
Year 7 & Year 8
English Maths Science
Art Dance Drama Geography History Modern
Music Physical
Key Stage 4
Year 9
English Maths Science
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Key Stage 4
Year 10 & Year 11
English Maths Science
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Yellow = Core
Green = Foundation


Options Subjects

In Key Stage 4, pupils begin their GCSE (or equivalent) examination courses. In addition to core subjects, pupils choose four further subjects in Year 9 from the list below. At the end of Year 9, all pupils drop one of their option choices and continue with three option subjects in Year 10 & Year 11. One of those three choices must be either History, Geography or a Modern Foreign Language.

  • GCSE Art and Design
  • GCSE Art and Design: Photography
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Geography*
  • GCSE History*
  • GCSE Religious Studies
Design and Technology
  • GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design)/ AQA Level 2 Materials Technology Technical Award
  • GCSE Design & Technology (Textiles)/ AQA Level 2 Fashion and Textiles Technical Award
Modern Foreign Languages
  • GCSE French*
  • GCSE Spanish*
Other optional subjects
  • Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Child Development- Level 2
  • GCSE Computer Science*
  • GCSE Dance
  • GCSE Engineering/ Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Manufacturing/ NCFE Certificate in Engineering Studies (VCert)
  • GCSE Food /AQA Level 2 Food & Catering Technical Award/ NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery (VCert)
  • GCSE Physical Education/ NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness (VCert)
  •  ICT qualification: either BCS European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) or Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT- Level 2

*English Baccalaureate subjects

Please note that options are restricted to one per pre-set option block. Option choices are communicated to Year 8 in the spring and are subject to change.